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Bail limit passes Senate

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | No Comments »
March 4, 2010 3:19 pm

The Senate has again passed a constitutional amendment on bail, this time in a form agreed to by lawmakers from both chambers.

Hours after reaching a deal, senators approved the amendment unanimously. The House could vote Sunday, Rep. Mike Hope said. Police groups are on board with the deal, Hope said.

There were handshakes all around as the vote went through, after remarks from senators that had more thank-yous than an award acceptance speech.

Sen. Adam Kline said: “What we have done is to balance two very important considerations: the safety and security of Washington citizens, and (their) civil liberties.”

He said the requirement for judges to consider an offender’s dangerousness is a serious requirement that “means more than ‘he might hurt somebody, maybe.'”

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